Coronavirus (COVID-19) Alert

Trash and recycling collections may be delayed. If your items are not picked up, you may leave them out. Continue to follow your normal schedule and place your material at the curb between 4 PM and midnight the evening before your collection day.

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You can place residential wood debris curbside with your regular trash.

Items include:

  • Tree branches and limbs
  • Twigs 1/2 inch in diameter or larger
  • Firewood
  • Bushes and shrubs
  • Lumber and other debris from do-it-yourself home projects

The Department of Sanitation will not pick up any debris that is the result of work done by a landscaper, contractor, or other professional. If you hired someone to generate the debris, they must dispose of the items.

Residential Wood Debris

As of October 10, 2019, the quarantine for the Asian Longhorned Beetle has ended. Brooklyn and Queens residents no longer need to schedule an appointment with NYC Parks to collect organic wood (tree branches, limbs, firewood).

To dispose of residential wood debris, you must:

  • Remove any nails from the wood.
  • Securely tie the wood in bales no more than two feet high and four feet long.
  • Use twine or rope to tie up the bundles of wood. Don't use nylon line, tape, or other binding material.
  • Place the bundles out curbside between 4 PM and midnight the day before your trash day.

If you have wood debris or items more than two feet high and four feet long, you can’t dispose of your item with your regular trash and must make a bulk pick-up appointment. To schedule an appointment, visit the Bulk Item Disposal page.

Construction or Home Repair Debris

Wood debris from construction or home improvement projects is considered commercial waste, unless you did the work yourself and did not hire anyone to help. 

If you are doing a major construction or renovation project in your home, and you hire someone to help, they are responsible for disposing of lumber and other construction material. 

If you did repair work in your own home and didn’t hire anyone to help, you can place the items out for collection with your regular trash if they are no more than four feet long and two feet high. 

If you have wood items more than two feet high and four feet long, you must make a bulk pick-up appointment. To schedule an appointment, visit the Bulk Item Disposal page.

The Department of Parks and Recreation will clean up all or part of a curbside tree that is damaged as a result of weather related activity or other causes.

When a forestry crew cannot immediately remove the debris resulting from their work, they will leave the brush or logs neatly piled near the curb. A crew will be assigned to the debris removal, and the matter will be resolved as soon as possible. The worksites are left as clean as possible, but the area may not always be completely free of small twigs, leaves, chippings, or sawdust.